Local elections in eastern Ukraine are possible no sooner than the warring sides withdraw their weaponry from the division line. Foreign Minister of Canada Stephane Dion said this after his meeting with Ukraine’s Premier Arseniy Yatseniuk.
Dion reiterated that Canada doesn’t accept Russian invasion into Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea, adding that Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity should be respected.
“To us, implementing the Minsk deal means full ceasefire. Besides, the forces shoyld be withdraen from the division line; if they’re not, then it’s quite difficult to say how local election can take place”, Dion said.
Local election in Donbas were discussed at the recent meeting of Minsk Trilateral Contact Group in January.
As is known, Ukraine insists that local elections in militant-held areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions must be held under the Ukrainian law.
In October 2015, at a meeting of the Minsk Trilateral Contact Group, members of the self-proclaimed “DPR” and “LPR” arranged to hold the “elections” in April this year. President Petro Poroshenko said that such orchestrated vote endangers the Minsk deal, adding that the elections will take place only after respective amendments are submitted into the Ukrainian legal framework.